Interagency Equity Advisory Committee

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The Interagency Transportation Equity Advisory Committee (Committee) is a priority for the California Transportation Commission (Commission), California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The Committee is intended to elevate diverse and historically marginalized voices to advise our agencies on how to achieve meaningful outcomes in transportation equity, environmental justice, and equitable economic opportunities, especially as related to transportation planning and programming.

From mid-2020 through early 2021, the Commission, CalSTA, and Caltrans released racial equity statements highlighting each agencies strong commitment to equity. To implement these statements, each agency identified the development of an equity advisory committee as a tangible tool to implement meaningful change. This strategy was memorialized in the Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure (CAPTI). 

One Committee consisting of up to 15 members serving two-year staggered terms will make recommendations to the Commission, CalSTA, and Caltrans. Recommendations will focus on tools and guidelines for transportation planning and funding programs. The Committee will meet pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. The Commission, CalSTA, and Caltrans retain final decision-making authority.  

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For more information on purpose, scope, and membership responsibilities of the Committee, please click HERE.

Equity Advisory Committee: Membership

The application for the first EAC was held from August 8, 2022 - September 2, 2022.

A Frequently Asked Questions and Informational Webinar was held on August 25, 2022.

Applicants recommended for the Committee were notified in early October 2022.

Membership recommendations were considered and approved at the Commission’s October 12-13 2022 meeting.

  1. Martha Armas-Kelly
  2. Alexandria Contreras
  3. Michael DeSpain
  4. Ana Gonzalez
  5. Herb Hastings


  1. Peggy Martinez
  2. Amber Novey
  3. Nailah Pope-Harden*
  4. Axel Santana
  5. Connie Stewart*


  1. Randy Torres-Van Vleck*
  2. Stella Ursua
  3. Cheryl Viegas-Walker
  4. William Walker
  5. Kristine Williams

*Former CTC Equity Advisory Roundtable Member


Upcoming Meetings

Interagency Equity Advisory Committee Meeting

Monday, June 5, 2023

Virtual Meeting

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Contact Information

For General Inquiries and Information, email

California Transportation Commission
C. Sequoia Erasmus,Associate Deputy Director, Equity and Engagement

California Department of Transportation
Carolyn Abrams, Acting Program Manager, Caltrans Office on Race and Equity
California Department of Transportation

California State Transportation Agency
Avital Barnea,Deputy Secretary for Transportation Planning

Committee Members

Martha Armas-Kelly
Alexandria Contreras
Michael DeSpain
Ana Gonzalez
Peggy Martinez
Amber Novey
Nailah Pope-Harden
Herb Hastings
Axel Santana
Connie Stewart
Randy Torres-Van Vleck
Stella Ursua
Cheryl Viegas-Walker
William Walker
Kristine Williams

Meetings & Materials

June 5 (M), 2023 – Virtual Meeting

Interagency Equity Advisory Committee Meeting

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

March 21 (T), 2023 - Hybrid Meeting

LA Metro Boardroom

One Gateway Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90012

December 15 (T), 2022

Interagency Equity Advisory Committee Meet & Greet

Meet and Greet

10:00 – 11:00 am

August 25 (T), 2022

Interagency Equity Advisory Committee

Frequently Asked Questions Webinar

12:00 – 1:00 pm